2018 US-Brazil Connect Fellows

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2018 US-Brazil Connect Fellows

Cesar Caraveo

Macapá

Cesar Caraveo is from Denver, Colorado. Currently, he is a sophomore at the University of Denver where he is majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics, business administration, Spanish, and leadership. Due to his incredible experience with the program last year, he is participating in the program again for similar reasons: it is an amazing opportunity to help other students while simultaneously helping him grow as a person, learn about different cultures, and become more globally aware. He is mostly looking forward to getting to know his group of students in Brazil and hopefully establishing great connections and relationships with them!

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Cesar Caraveo

Cesar Caraveo

Macapá

Grace Rooney

Porto Velho

Grace Rooney is a Colorado native born and raised in the suburbs of Denver. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Denver where she is majoring in accounting with minors in Spanish, mathematics, and leadership. When she’s not in school, she loves spending time outdoors with family and friends. She applied to the US-Brazil Connect Fellowship because she loves working with and meeting new people. She also applied because she wants to learn more about different cultures while growing as a global citizen. She thought this would be a great opportunity for her to step outside of her comfort zone and immerse herself in a foreign culture. She is most excited to work with her team and Brazilian students to build and foster lasting relationships with people from various cultures and backgrounds.

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Grace Rooney

Grace Rooney

Porto Velho

Amelia Grauer

Macapá

Amelia Grauer is from Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies with a focus on gender and protection in humanitarian conflicts from the University of Denver. She applied to be a fellow with US-Brazil Connect because this was an amazing opportunity that would increase her personal and professional experience in global leadership and international development. In addition, this opportunity would allow her to grow as a person and learn about a new culture. She is very excited to have the opportunity to make new friends and build relationships. She is very excited about eating some amazing Brazilian food and hopes to have some free time to practice her Latin dance moves!

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Amelia Grauer

Amelia Grauer

Macapá

Victoria Martinez

Porto Velho

Victoria Martinez was born in Colorado Springs, CO but was raised in Los Lunas, NM. She is a freshman at the University of Denver majoring in International Studies. She applied to US-Brazil Connect because she saw an opportunity that she had never had before so close in reach. She has always wanted to travel the world, particularly to Brazil because she was so fascinated with the culture, people, and state dynamics such as the politics and the economy. She decided to attend the information session and knew that this was the program for her. She is most looking forward to meeting and collaborating with the other fellows, getting to know the Brazilian students, and experiencing the country from a perspective not very many have the opportunity to have. She is excited to have the opportunity to impact others' lives through their interactions and to be able to grow, learn, and experience at the same time as her students.

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Victoria Martinez

Victoria Martinez

Porto Velho

Rocio Velasquez

Macapá

Rocio Velasquez is from Miami, Florida. Currently, she is a sophomore at Miami Dade College where she is majoring in communications. She enjoys exploring her artistic side through painting and crafts. She also finds joy in exploring nature via nature walks and hikes. She applied to the US-Brazil Connect Fellowship because she aspires to be a catalyst for growth in communities around the world. She desires to help others reach their goals through this program. She is most looking forward to learning about the Brazilian culture from her student’s perspective. She can't wait to share laughs, smiles, and wisdom with her students while on this journey. She has great expectations for this trip and the connections she will make!

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Rocio Velasquez

Rocio Velasquez

Macapá

Joey Raubenheimer

Porto Velho

Joey Raubenheimer was born in Ashburn, Virginia but currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.  He is currently a junior with Arizona State University where he is pursuing a Bachelors in Sociology, online.  He is a former professional baseball player and has played professional baseball in Europe, specifically Belgium and Austria.  While in Austria, he had the opportunity to connect and interact almost daily with refugees from the middle east and inflamed his passion for helping people.  Joey has traveled to Brazil to visit his sister who was living in Rio and fell in love with the culture, the people and samba. His sister was a Fellow for a few years with US-Brazil Connect, being familiar with what US-Brazil Connect stands for and what they are accomplishing globally, really made it an easy decision to apply for a Fellowship.  While on this adventure with US-Brazil Connect, Joey is looking forward to working with his students, living in the Amazon and understanding their specific society.

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Joey Raubenheimer

Joey Raubenheimer

Porto Velho

Ana Demendoza

Parnaiba

Ana Demendoza was born and raised in Miami, FL to a Venezuelan immigrant family. Currently, she is a sophomore at the Miami Dade North Campus Honors College majoring in Mass Communications/Journalism aiming to also study International Relations and Politics. For the past five summers, Ana has gone on missions trips with TIME International to Paraguay, England, Peru, Mongolia, and Romania where she has fostered a love for traveling and service. Ana decided to apply for the US-Brazil Connect fellowship to use her prior international service experience in a new way. Never leading a classroom before, Ana hopes to build lasting relationships and mentorship skills while teaching English to her Brazilian students. Ana will be transferring to a four-year institution in the Fall 2018 semester and hopes to use the skills she earned in this fellowship to the next phase of her life.

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Ana Demendoza

Ana Demendoza

Parnaiba

Michael Guzman

Macapá

Michael Guzman is from Denver, Colorado and works currently as a Coffee Master and Supervisor at the flagship Starbucks Cafe in Denver. A former US-Brazil Connect Fellow and Explorer, he loves everything about Brazil! A fluent Portuguese Speaker, you'll probably find him drinking a hot cup of coffee or dancing and singing if there is music anywhere in earshot. Michael's love for coaching and mentoring and child-at-heart attitude makes him a lot of fun to be around. "I am humbled and excited to be invited to participate as a senior fellow this year. I hope that my understanding of the fellowship and my knowledge of language and culture are an asset to my team, plus it will be exciting to return to Macapa, my first site as a US-Brazil Connect fellow."

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Michael Guzman

Michael Guzman

Macapá

Katerina Palowski

Macapá

Katerina Pawloski ​currently lives in Tampa, Florida where she teaches 5th grade on MacDill Air Force Base at a public school. She moved around quite a bit as a military child and calls Manassa, Colorado home. After graduating from the University of Tampa with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, she then went on to earn her master’s in teaching and learning with an emphasis on instructional design and educational technology. She has a passion for traveling, reading, and lifelong learning. Katerina served as a Global Fellow in 2015 when she was able to embrace the mission of US-Brazil Connect by traveling with her team to Cuiabá, Mato Grosso. She returns this year as a Senior Fellow where she has joined #TeamMacapa. During her first experience being a Fellow, the most rewarding part was creating cross-cultural relationships with her students and seeing them grow during each phase of the program, especially meeting them face-to-face upon her arrival. She is looking forward to creating powerful relationships with her team and her Brazilian students, exploring a new region of Brazil, and representing US-Brazil Connect, her family, and her team in the best possible manner.

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Katerina Palowski

Katerina Palowski

Macapá

Danny Mazur

Porto Velho

Danny Mazur is from Cleveland, OH and graduated from Ohio State University. He applied for US-Brazil Connect a second time because the first time changed his life. Connecting with peers and students in a culture different from his own forced him to be far outside of his comfort zone. Having the experience of building relationships with the students showed him how intercultural relationships and connected communities can make this world more human and loving. He is excited to learn about the students and culture of Porto Velho.

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Danny Mazur

Danny Mazur

Porto Velho

Joyce Hernandez

Macapá

Joyce Hernandez  was born in Lehigh Acres, Florida; however, her family background is very mixed. Her mother was born an raised in Puerto Rico. Her father was born and raised in Cuba. She currently lives in Hialeah, which is one of the many hispanic co-cultures in the United States. Joyce applied to be a part of the US-Brazil Connect Fellowship Program in order to broaden her horizons. Since she is a Foreign Language major, her goal is to obtain as much information about Brazilian culture as possible. Her goal is not only to help the Brazilian students develop their English, but she also wants to develop her Portuguese. In addition, she hopes to learn from this experience so that she could apply it to her career. Joyce is especially excited to experience cultural shock and analyze the differences between, Hispanics, Americans, and Brazilians. She also wants to see the level of English of each student and help them grow.

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Joyce Hernandez

Joyce Hernandez

Macapá

Dialma Hernandez

Macapá

Dialma Hernandez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in Miami, FL. She applied to be a Fellow with the US-Brazil Connect Fellowship because it is a very interesting program that helps Fellows grow towards a better future, helps students in Brazil expand their knowledge of the English language, and supports everyone to learn about different cultures. Since she was little, she’s always wanted to travel the world to help those in need with medical assistance. With this Fellowship, she will  have the chance to learn about different cultures and a different country and experience interacting with the local people. She is looking forward to getting to know people that have the same purpose as her -- commitment and dedication to helping others. She feels honored that she will spend the time in Brazil doing something that can impact her life and the life of others. Dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them and that's what she intend to do in this Fellowship.

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Dialma Hernandez

Dialma Hernandez

Macapá

Brook Morton

Parnaiba

Brook Morton lives in Spokane, Washington in the great Pacific Northwest. She works as a practice coordinator for an Orthopedic Spine Physician while pursuing her interests of photography, reading, and teaching as a youth leader alongside her husband. With a passion for people, laughter, and adventure, Brook did not even hesitate when hearing of the opportunity to return as a Senior Fellow for this amazing program. Being a part of the connection and transformative learning experience that US Brazil Connect provides is why she applied to return as a third time coach. Though the list is endless, some of the things Brook is looking forward to during this 2018 Fellowship are: being reunited with acai, numerous hugs, getting to work with a strong diverse team, and making lifelong connections with the students in Parnaiba.

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Brook Morton

Brook Morton

Parnaiba

Johnathan Jimenez

Parnaiba

Johnathan Jimenez was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but raised in Colombia. He moved back to the United States in 2013 and has since been living in Miami, Florida where he attends Miami Dade College. He is majoring in civil engineering and plans to minor in business administration or surveying. He applied to the US-Brazil Connect Fellowship because he understands the importance of English and the benefits it provides, so he saw this as an opportunity to help students and to improve his leadership skills. He is most looking forward to meeting with his students, building relationships with them, and learning from their culture while sharing his own. He is very passionate about cars and sports, especially soccer, and loves to listen to music and to dance.

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Johnathan Jimenez

Johnathan Jimenez

Parnaiba

Wilkin Muñoz

Macapá

Wilkin Muñoz was born in Nicaragua, but he now lives in Miami, Florida. He is currently a sophomore at Miami Dade College majoring in biology and English. He enjoys spending his time volunteering, writing fiction, and participating in student organizations like Phi Theta Kappa. Looking for the opportunity for professional and personal growth while simultaneously looking for the opportunity to travel abroad, he quickly applied to the US-Brazil Connect Fellowship. What he is truly looking forward to is the opportunity to meet new people as well as experience a new culture and cuisine. He is ready and anxious to embark on his new adventure!

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Wilkin Muñoz

Wilkin Muñoz

Macapá

Anita Seogopaul

Parnaiba

Anita Seogopaul was born in Guyana, raised in Miami, Florida, and now attends Miami Dade Honors College. She is a freshman student studying International Relations and English. She enjoys watching movies, playing sports and video games, and traveling. She is pursuing a career with the Department of State and as an English instructor/counselor with high school students. Anita applied to the U.S Brazil Fellowship because it is one of the most wonderful opportunities for her to put her passions into action. Working in an international setting, helping other students, and learning a new language aligns directly within her paths of interest. She is most looking forward to meeting Brazilian students, tasting different kinds of foods, and ultimately the experience a new kind of travel away from Miami cities.

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Anita Seogopaul

Anita Seogopaul

Parnaiba